Affinity Health System president to serve as Wisconsin Hospital Association Chair
Daniel E. Neufelder to serve as Chair-elect in 2012 and Chair in 2013
11 / 23 / 2011
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
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MENASHA, Wis. - Daniel E. Neufelder, president and CEO of Affinity Health System, was selected by the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) nominating committee and confirmed by the WHA board to serve as WHA Chair-elect in 2012 and WHA Chair in 2013. Neufelder has been with Affinity since 2006 and has served as a board member of the WHA Board since 2008.
"Dan’s strong leadership skills along with his common-sense approach to policy issues will serve WHA well during the next few years as hospitals face challenges on multiple fronts as they strive to fulfill their mission of service in their communities in this era of reform," said WHA President Steve Brenton.
Neufelder is highly active in the Fox Cities community; he serves as campaign co-chair and board member for United Way Fox Cities, treasurer and board member for the Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley, chancellor advisory committee member for the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and is a member of St. Joseph Church in Appleton.
Prior to joining Affinity, Neufelder served for 12 years as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Indiana; 10 years with the Community Health Network of Indianapolis, the last four of these years as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Community Hospital East; one year with St. Vincent Hospital and Healthcare System in Indianapolis, Indiana; and five years as a health care management consultant with Ernst & Young.
Neufelder received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Ind. in 1979 and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Indianapolis in 1989. He is the recipient of the 1997 Young Healthcare Executive of the Year Award for Northern Indiana, and he is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Certified Public Accountant.
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.